Eagles crash out of the cup against rampant Harlow

Bedford Town were hit by a second half blitz. Picture (c) Chris Riddell
Bedford Town were hit by a second half blitz. Picture (c) Chris Riddell

Bedford Town were dumped out of the FA Cup as Harlow produced dominant second half display to register a 5-1 win and cruise through to the second qualifying round of the competition.

Two goals apiece for Alex Read and Junior Dadson punished the visitors, although it wasn’t until the second half when the goals really began to flow.

Dadson had given the Hawks a narrow half-time lead, but as the home attack began to turn the screw in the second half, Bedford were unable to contain them. Perkins added a second, before a brace from Read put the game out of reach.

The opening period saw both teams sizing up their opposition, and despite half-chances for Ryan Melaugh and Dadson, it wasn’t until the half hour mark that the first goal arrived.

Dadson broke through the defence on the right hand side, before cutting in on his left and powering his shot into the roof of the net and past helpless keeper Grant Beckwith.

The second half exploded to life within two minutes. Bedford captain Tommy Hull failed to clear in his own area, and Lewis Perkins stole the ball from him before placing his shot into the top corner.

Just five minutes later the Hawks were three goals up. Dadson took the ball round Bedford left-back Mat Clifford and left him in his wake. Reaching the byline, his low cross put the ball on a plate for Read who tapped in.

The three-goal deficit seemed to spark the visitors to life, and they hit back as Dylan Gittens cut in from the left and fired low into the corner.

However, Harlow stepped it up another gear, and with 15 minutes left to play they put the game beyond doubt as Read shot past Beckwith.

There was still time for the impressive Dadson to wrap up the win with a fifth Harlow goal late on.